Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting-New Orleans, Louisiana-November 15, 2018

Information About Associated

Research Laboratories


Auditory Cognition and Human Memory Lab

  • School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
  • Director: Professor Philip Beaman
  • We look at all aspects of auditory memory, including the involuntary recollection of musical memories ("earworms"), and auditory distraction. In particular, we are interested in the effects of distraction on immediate memory tasks and the metacognitive strategies that may be employed to enhance recall and avoid or reduce distraction.


    Auditory Cognition and Psychoacoustics (CAP)

    • Lyon Neuroscience Research Center CNRL
    • Director: Barbara Tillmann (team); Olivier Bertrand (institute)
    • Affiliated Graduate Programs: Doctoral School in Neurosciences and Cognition
    • Perceivers' brains track complex sound structures, keep signals in memory, learn regularities between sounds, build up knowledge and use this information to expect and anticipate future events. These expectations shape the perception of upcoming signals: processing of an expected event is faster and more accurate, less stimulation is necessary and less neural resources are engaged. Listeners' expectations can be based on perceptual, sensory information only (i.e., previous sounds stored in an auditory memory buffer) and/or on cognitive influences, such as attention or listeners' knowledge about systems underlying the auditory signals (e.g., linguistic and musical systems of one's culture). Our research is investigating perceptual and cognitive expectations with their behavioral and neural correlates. The team is multidisciplinary with complementary competences (e.g., psychoacoustics, psychology, neurosciences) and methodologies (e.g., behavior, EEG, SEEG, PET, fMRI, MEG); it also develop links with clinical research (e.g., coma patients; patients with hearing disorders or linguistic and musical deficits).


      Auditory Perception and Action Lab (APAL)

      • Department of Psychology, University at Buffalo State University of New York
      • Director: Peter Q. Pfordresher
      • Affiliated Graduate Programs: Cognitive Psychology Ph.D., General Psychology M.A.
      • We are broadly concerned with how the brain conceptualizes complicated event sequences typical of music and speech and the conditions under which this ability breaks down. Various lines of research are currently underway to achieve this goal. Lab facilities are designed to accommodate a number of paradigms, including vocal production, keyboard production, motion capture, and perceptual tasks.


        Auditory Perception Laboratory

        • Department of Communication Disorders, Ariel University, Israel
        • Director: Leah Fostick
        • Affiliated Graduate Programs: within the Department of Communication Disorders
        • Auditory Perception Lab provides a framework for studying auditory processing in various populations. Current research is done on the response patterns of sequence perception, and the implication of central auditory processing and language, emphasizing temporal processing. Major research applications are in dyslexia, aging and sleep deprivation. The auditory processing lab is in the department of communication disorders, and is attached to the department's speech and audiology clinic.


          Auditory Perception Laboratory

          • Department of Psychology, James Madison University
          • Director: Michael D. Hall
          • Affiliated Graduate Program: Psychological Sciences M.A.
          • The laboratory is interested in identifying and understanding general perceptual principles that govern the recognition of common auditory events, including speech (e.g., phonemes), nonspeech (e.g., musical instruments), and environmental noises. These interests extend to the perceptual organization of events in complex auditory arrays/scenes, including attention to perceptual attributes that are critical to distinguishing sound sources.


            Carleton Perception Lab

            • Department of Psychology, Carleton College
            • Director: Julia Strand
            • Our work deals with how humans perceive speech and recognize spoken words. Some of our research topics include: audiovisual integration (i.e., combining information about talking faces with what we hear), the influence of expectations and contextual information on spoken word recognition, the role of individual difference factors (e.g., cognitive abilities, personality, etc.) in spoken word recognition abilities, quantification and mathematical modeling of the processes underlying spoken word recognition, and the cognitive effort necessary to understand speech.


              Institute for Communication Research

              • The Media School, Indiana University
              • Director: Rob Potter
              • Affiliated Graduate Program(s): M.A. and Ph.D. in Media Arts & Science (click here for more information)
              • Potter's research focuses on the impact of auditory elements on information processing of media, psychophysiological measures as indicators of cognitive and emotional responses to media, and the concept of advertising clutter and its influence on information processing. His work has been published in Media Psychology, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, among others. Potter's book Psychophysiological Measurement and Meaning: Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Media (with Paul Bolls) was published in 2012 by Routledge. He is past Chair of the Information Systems Division of the International Communication Association and serves on the editorial board of Communication Research, Media Psychology, Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications, and Communication Methods and Measures. More than a decade of experience in the radio industry as a promotions director, research director, and program director, guides both his teaching and research.


                Language and Music Cognition Lab

                • University of Maryland, College Park
                • Director: L. Robert Slevc
                • Affiliated Graduate Programs: Psychology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
                • We investigate the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms involved in language and music processing.


                  MAPLE Lab (researching Music, Acoustics, Perception, & LEarning)

                  • McMaster University, School of the Arts (Music)
                  • Director: Michael Schutz
                  • Affiliated Graduate Program(s): within the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour and potentially Linguistics & Languages (click here for more information)
                  • The MAPLE Lab conducts empirical research exploring the psychological roots of the musical experience. We investigate musically-inspired questions such as how a performer’s body movements affect the way audiences “hear” music, why “moving-to-the-beat” improves the auditory experience, and how composers and performers communicate emotional meaning. Through this work we aim to contribute to issues of broad relevance to auditory perception and cognition: assessing theoretical frameworks of audio-visual integration, exploring sensorimotor interactions, and investigating parallels in the communication of emotion in language and music. Consequently, we are invested not only in contributing to core issues in music cognition, but also applying our findings to a broad range of topics in cognitive psychology, music pedagogy, cognitive neuroscience, and auditory perception.


                    Music Cognition Lab

                    • Departments of Music and Psychology, University of Arkansas
                    • Director: Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
                    • Affiliated Graduate Program: Ph.D. in Psychology
                    • The Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas is interested in the interface between musical structure and engagement, especially in listeners without formal training, and especially as it occurs dynamically across the course of the listening experience. We use a combination of empirical methods (behavioral and neuroimaging studies), quantitative analysis, and theoretical approaches to tackle fundamental questions about the human passion for music.


                      Music Perception and Cognition (MPaC) Laboratory

                      • Department of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS), The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)
                      • Director: W. Jay Dowling
                      • The MPaC Lab aims to understand how listeners process and understand various aspects of the music they hear.


                        Neuroscience and Music at UFABC

                        • Interdisciplinary Unit for Applied Neuroscience, Universidade Federal do ABC, Sčo Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil
                        • Director: Patricia Vanzella
                        • Affiliated Graduate Program: Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Cognition
                        • Neuroscience and Music at UFABC is an interdisciplinary project devoted to the study of music cognition with a special focus on neuroscience. It was implemented in the beginning of 2015 in the Interdisciplinary Unit for Applied Neuroscience (NINA) at the Federal University of ABC. Our aim is to stimulate research in the field of music cognition in order to achieve a better understanding of how our brains perceive, understand, remember, imagine, produce, and react emotionally to music.


                          Perception, Ecological Action, Robotics, and Learning (PEARL) Laboratory

                          • Department of Psychology, Arizona State University
                          • Director: Michael K. McBeath
                          • Affiliated Graduate Program: Psychology (Cognitive Science) Ph.D.
                          • The Perception, Ecological Action and Learning Laboratory (PEARL) focuses on computational modeling of perception-action in dynamic, natural environments. Specialty areas span sports, robotics, audition, music, navigation, and multisensory object perception. In the realm of auditory science, the PEARL Lab mainly investigates natural regularities and invariants in the vein of Bregman, Gibson, and Shepard. We use fMRI, multidimensional scaling, psychophysical methods, and analyses of naturalistic field recordings to uncover these regularities and discern their contribution to perception of the overall auditory scene. We also investigate music preference, auditory memory, and audiovisual interactions.


                            Sensory Neuroscience, Attention, & Perception Laboratory (SNAP Lab)

                            • Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
                            • Director: Adam S. Greenberg
                            • Affiliated Graduate Programs: Ph.D. in Neuroscience/Experimental Psychology; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
                            • In the SNAP Lab we study the neurobiology of attention and perception in both the visual and auditory domains in order to understand how human behavior is guided by the world we perceive. Our primary interests are in auditory/visual attention, object perception, and perceptual organization. Most of our research questions center around how humans control their behavior in response to visual/auditory stimuli and which underlying psychological processes, or which brain mechanisms, are involved. We use psychophysical techniques as well as functional MRI, DTI, TMS, and computational modeling to gain insight into the cognitive control of attention under conditions of auditory & visual stimulation.